|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|13-5380||Crim. App.||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||OT 2013|
Issue: (1) Whether the increasingly rare and geographically isolated practice of imposing the death penalty through override violates the nation's evolving standards of decency and the Eighth Amendment; and (2) whether, when the jury determines that aggravation does not outweigh mitigation, the trial judge's override of that determination based on evidence not considered by the jury violates the defendant's Sixth Amendment right to a jury under Ring v. Arizona.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Jul 16 2013||Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due August 19, 2013)|
|Aug 15 2013||Order extending time to file response to petition to and including September 18, 2013.|
|Sep 18 2013||Brief of respondent Alabama in opposition filed.|
|Oct 1 2013||Reply of petitioner Mario Dion Woodward filed. (Distributed)|
|Oct 3 2013||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 18, 2013.|
|Oct 28 2013||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 1, 2013.|
|Nov 4 2013||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 8, 2013.|
|Nov 5 2013||Record requested from Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama.|
|Nov 5 2013||Record requested from Circuit Court of Baldwin County, Alabama.|
|Nov 5 2013||Record requested from Circuit Court of Randolph County, Alabama.|
|Nov 8 2013||Transcripts of Sentencing Hearing from Baldwin County and Randolph County, Alabama received and are electronically filed.|
|Nov 12 2013||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 15, 2013.|
|Nov 14 2013||Record received from Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama. (1-box)|
|Nov 18 2013||Petition DENIED. Justice Sotomayor, with whom Justice Breyer joins as to parts I and II, dissenting from denial of certiorari. (Detached Opinion)|
|Nov 18 2013||Record return to Circuit of Alabama, Mobile County. (1-box)|
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